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  1. Agreeing with Kopf's sentiment and then following it up with the second sentence here rather contradict each other IMO. On general matters, I'm agreeing with Kopf too, there's so much polarisation I can't see a solution or conclusion that won't result in big unrest no matter what way it goes. Something, perhaps, that should have been considered more before all this sorry mess began.
  2. One sporting event by a national broadcaster not directed at a particular demographic and that demographic then feels ostracised to the point it doesn't have to pay the licence fee for that broadcaster any more? Interesting.
  3. Very enlightening read over the last page. The only thing I'll add is that the critical factor here, as in many things, is consent.
  4. It's bloody pompous, yeah (especially if the person then says it's "not their job" to do it too) but I'm curious as to if there's any other reason this bugs you?
  5. Things were so much better in the good old days, weren't they? Speaking about the tournament itself, I might watch some of it if England do well but it doesn't hold my personal interest all that much - but I don't get the antipathy as opposed to apathy it comes in for every time a tournament like this comes round.
  6. Considering Botswana has been pretty well run in recent times wrt animal conservation you have to hope that they know what they're doing on this one. I guess we'll see.
  7. They thought he would make them rich/They're nobhead racists and misogynists who got a rush from how he talked about women, Mexicans and other ethnicities/They were just interested in watching the world burn/all of the above* *Delete as appropriate. That all being said, I think Izzy has a point about the image of the leader being more important than party policy in terms of voting in the UK now...and Blair in the UK and Trump in the US are just two examples of that not necessarily being the best thing.
  8. It will be interesting to see exactly what happened here, that's for damn sure.
  9. Do we have anything agricultural that the US actually would want or can't produce themselves if they so wished? Again, I'm genuinely curious about that because I don't know (but as a guess I wouldn't think so). I'm just trying to think of stuff that the UK does that is unique that would make for a crucial negotiating point with either of the two global gorillas, especially when they both have governments intent on the best for themselves and themsleves only and everyone else can go hang. When that is the case, having a critical resource or service that only you can provide becomes even more crucial if you want to go it alone IMO. High end tech development, perhaps? Though the US and Chinese (or parts of) are hardly slouches there, either.
  10. I admire the steadfastness shown here. However, a question: what exactly does the UK possess, in terms of either goods or service, that the rest of the world wants in sufficient quantity that it would be more advantageous to the UK to negotiate for it alone rather than as a bloc? Like FIF above, I'm genuinely curious as to what those advocating for a harder Brexit think the UK's ace-in-the-hole actually is when it comes to dealing with say, China or a Trump-ran USA with their own clear designs on nationalist supremacy.
  11. I don't actually think that's possible, because right now I don't think it's possible for him to Tweet something on topics that she would goad him into that would cause his support to abandon him.
  12. Are there any candidates at all that would actually make headway in a way that May could not on the total mess the UK has on its hands now?
  13. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48392551 Kids interested about the world they're going to end up growing old in. Who'd have thought it?
  14. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48388880 On the one hand, when the reward for a few years of attempts at civil discourse are answered by continuous obstruction and then....well, Trump, it's very easy to decide that civil discourse isn't a winner and join the other side in the mud. On the other hand, when you decide to play the game the other sides way, on their terms, and to each one of their strengths, you're not likely going to have a good time getting what's needed to be done, done either. So all in all, none of this is really going to help matters. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48391266 Of course. This isn't about just about the leaks - it's about high powers in the US being embarrassed at the world being shown the rather nasty things they do in the dark (doesn't make the moral high ground finger-pointing at other places for human rights abuses look good, does it) and as such wanting vengeance against everyone involved who embarrassed them, of course, starting at the top with Assange. It was always about that.
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